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Benefits of Yoga Discussed in House of Lords


Benefits of Yoga Discussed in the House of Lords

Yoga was on the agenda in the House of Lords on Thursday, with various peers discussing the benefits it can bring.  The government was asked how yoga can be included in healthcare, with requests that ministers meet with peers to draft clear plans.

Click here to read the exchanges


Image: Mark Burley

Iyengar Yoga News: Spring 2019




Iyengar Yoga News: Issue 34 out now

The Spring issue of our biannual members’ magazine, Iyengar Yoga News, is out now. 

Contents include tributes to Geeta S. Iyengar; an article on pranayama by BKS Iyengar; this Virabhadrasana I article by Arti Mehta; reflections on the 2018 Convention, and more.

If you’d like to sign up or renew your membership to receive a copy, click here


Jeanne Maslen 30th April 1934 – 2nd March 2019



We are very sorry to announce the death of Jeanne Maslen on 2nd March 2019.

Jeanne was one of BKS Iyengar’s first students in the UK and was instrumental in setting up the Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga, as well as our national teacher training and assessment system. Jeanne was a leading figure in the BKS Iyengar Yoga Teachers’ Association for many years, and was very close to Guruji. She did so much to promote Iyengar Yoga in the UK and around the world, and will be remembered and missed by thousands of Iyengar yoga students.
Our condolences to Jeanne’s family.

Please email clare(at) ( email link here ) to request details of the funeral.

Iyengar Yoga (UK)





Applications for Intermediate Junior Level 1, 2 & 3 Assessments may be made 1-31 March 2019. The assessments will take place in October 2019. To access the application form, log on to the website with your username and password, go to the Members’ Dashboard and there is a link on the right side of the page under the “Teachers’ Notifications” heading.

Try a free class on National Iyengar Yoga Day, Saturday 19 January




       Try a Free Class on National Iyengar Yoga Day

On Saturday 19th January 2019, certified Iyengar yoga teachers across the UK and Ireland will be offering free classes and holding events to celebrate National Iyengar Yoga Day. Named after BKS Iyengar, one of the key figures credited with bringing yoga to the West, Iyengar yoga is the world’s most widely practised method of yoga. National Iyengar Yoga Day is an opportunity for people of all ages and levels of fitness to discover the benefits of Iyengar yoga for themselves.

About BKS Iyengar and Iyengar Yoga
BKS Iyengar (14th December 1918 – 20th August 2014) was a visionary Indian teacher who recognised the benefits of yoga and determined to make it widely accessible. His international bestseller ‘Light On Yoga’, published in 1966, is still considered an essential guide to yoga postures today. BKS Iyengar’s legacy is Iyengar yoga, an internationally standardised method of teaching popular with students everywhere from Rejkjavik and Rio to Beijing and Boston. Characterised by precision, teachers of Iyengar yoga practice and study for a minimum of five years before they can instruct students. This rigorous training has made Iyengar yoga one of the most trusted and widely practised forms of yoga in the world. Come and try it for yourself on National Iyengar Yoga Day, Saturday 19th January 2019!

In the words of the Chair of the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK), Jill Johnson, “On National Iyengar Yoga Day we will celebrate the life’s work of one of the most influential world figures of recent times as he would have wanted us to – by practising yoga!”

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Geeta Iyengar: Obituary




Here are two obituaries that have been written to celebrate Geeta’s life and work.

A book of condolence will be compiled and if you wish to email your messages will be included; please let Charlotte know which Member Group or region you belong to.

Obituary from the Times of India:

IY (UK) Obituary:

Celebrating 100 Years




Today is the 100th birth anniversary of a remarkable yoga master, our dear teacher B.K.S. Iyengar.

As the yoga community marks this special day we are full of gratitude for everything he gave in his life, and his message that “Yoga is for all.” His teaching has had a profound impact on so many people, and continues to do so through his devoted family, Iyengar yoga teachers and students around the world.

Find out more about the life of this great man using our timeline here:

Here are some of the tributes from teachers and students whose lives he touched:

Thank you, Guruji


Iyengar Yoga at the RNCM




The Royal Northern College of music has become the first conservatoire to appoint a lecturer in musicians’ health and wellbeing, the Guardian reports.  In addition, they are offering yoga classes to students to help prevent injury.

Iyengar Yoga (UK) teacher Maureen Wray is currently employed by the College’s wind and brass department to teach yoga to their students.  Maureen, a trained violinist herself, explains how she came to teach Iyengar yoga:

“I stumbled upon Iyengar yoga around sixteen years ago on the recommendation of a friend. I had been through a challenging time in my life and was feeling the effects of stress. As a very keen runner I wasn’t at all sure that yoga would be for me. After a few sessions I really began to enjoy the way that I felt after the class. My body felt as though it had been physically challenged and yet I felt this wonderful release of tension. My mood always felt very positive.

“I slowly became more committed to regular class attendance and the practice of yoga then became a integral part of my life. After many years of working as a professional violinist I decided to train as an Iyengar teacher, qualifying in 2010. Yoga quite literally changed my life! I now feel privileged to have the opportunity to introduce others to the experience of Iyengar yoga through teaching my own classes.”


Maureen Wray

Royal Northern College of Music

The Circle – Film Screening 17th December 2018




In honour of BKS Iyengar for the Centenary celebrations, on 17 December there will be a screening of The Circle by Iyengar yoga teacher Philippa Frisby.  The event is in Wantage, Oxfordshire; there will also be a screening at the IY (UK) Convention in May

The Circle is a documentary film about the transformational power of yoga in treating drug addiction in the street children of Mumbai. The film focuses on the centre in Dharavi, which finds and takes in some of the most vulnerable members of society, ultimately reforming their lives.

See here for full details:


IY (UK) no longer permitted to use the word ‘Institute’

IY (UK) no longer permitted to use the word ‘Institute’.

We have recently heard from Companies House that ‘Institute’ is a protected word and cannot be used without permission. We have accordingly changed ‘Member Institutes’ to ‘Member Groups’; the Member Groups themselves have also had to take the word ‘Institute’ out of their names. This is a shame as the term ‘Institute’ has a long history in the Iyengar community and is a reflection of the title of RIMYI, our mother institute in Pune (whose name we are still allowed to use). However, we must comply with UK law, which is why we are having to make these changes.